B.C. Employer Training Grant Information

B.C. Employer Training Grant

Your company may be eligible to apply for the BC Employer Training Grant to provide new or improved skills to new hires and existing employees. 

Please check the link below for the latest information on the program


The B.C. Employer Training Grant program is to invest in training to hire new employees or up-skill existing employees.

Employers can apply as often as they need and receive 80 per cent of the cost of training up to $10,000 per employee, with a maximum annual amount per employer of $300,000.

Training Programs offered by Wine Plus+

We have had companies be successful in the past applying for Wine Plus+ WSET courses. However we can not guarantee positive funding decisions. For groups of 8+ students, contact us about a private WSET training program for your staff.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)

Steps to Apply for the B.C. Employer Training Grant

Steps to apply:

  1. Create a Business BCeID account. This provides secure electronic access to online government services
  2. Identify who needs training and pick a training provider (see info below for required info from Wine Plus+)
  3. Use the Business BCeID account to apply online through the ETG’s Skills Training Grants System*
  4. Receive decision
  5. Begin training
  6. Submit a reimbursement claim

*Important: Please apply early to help ensure you receive a decision on your application before the training start date. Most applicants will receive a decision on their application in two weeks. Training may begin before an employer receives a decision. If training begins and the application is denied, the employer will be responsible for all costs. Wine Plus+ is not involved in the decision making process.

Additional Details:

  • Training must result in increased job security or a better job* for a current employee** once training is completed, or a job for an unemployed person.
  • The Province will reimburse employers 80 per cent of eligible training costs. The employer must contribute the remaining 20 per cent.
  • Employers are eligible to receive up to $10,000 per participant and up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).
  • At the time of application, participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant employer.**
  • Employers must submit their application on their own behalf, using their Business BCeID. Third parties cannot apply on an employer’s behalf.
  • Participants must submit their own Participant Information Forms before an application can be submitted. Employers cannot submit these on an employee’s behalf.
  • If approved, employers (not participants) are to pay for all costs in full and, after training has started, submit a reimbursement claim within 30 days.
  • Employee participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada). Temporary foreign workers, international students, or other temporary residents are ineligible.
  • Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length. Note that the ETG does not fund diploma or degree programs, in full or in part.

*A “better job” is defined as:

  • Increased pay
  • Promotion or advancement to another position
  • Move from part-time to full-time employment
  • Move from temporary/casual/seasonal employment to permanent employment

** For employers looking to hire workers that have been directly or indirectly impacted by a downturn in the forest sector, the ETG may support training for participants employed by another employer at the time of application.

Please review the complete program Eligibility Criteria before applying.

Criteria link https://www.workbc.ca/media/336/download?inline=

Priority Applications

Priority is given to first-time applicants, small businesses, and applicants from regions and industries experiencing the greatest challenges acquiring skilled workers. Learn more about B.C.'s labour market and industries.

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Wine Plus+ Information for B.C. Employer Training Grant Applications


This document contains the information required to complete your B.C. Employer Training Grant and complete the section under Training Program to apply for funding for Wine Plus+ courses.

For upcoming class dates to sign-up your employees, click here.
For private training for groups of 8 or more contact us


Training Programs offered by Wine Plus+

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (Link to course outline)


Wine Plus+ instructors are all Certified WSET Educators. Instructor bios

  • Rhys Pender MW
  • Iain Philip
  • Sharon McLean

Class Capacity

Classes are capped at between 12-22 students depending on location.

Further Program Information

See individual program sheets for further information on:

  • Delivery methods
  • Total training hours
  • Skill levels
  • Course cost
  • Evaluation
  • Certification

Program Sheet & Course Outline Links

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines